Investors in mainland China are showing unprecedented interest in Hong Kong stocks, powering the city’s fastest rally for a new year in more than three decades.

Mainland traders have net purchased about US$27 billion ($35.72 billion) worth of Hong Kong shares in January alone, nearing a third what they bought in all of last year. Keyword searches and references for “Hong Kong stocks” on Jan 19 reached 6.3 million on WeChat, China’s most popular instant-messaging tool, seven times the amount at the end of December, according to app data.

Inflows from north of the border picked up earlier this month after a US ban on some Chinese securities forced international investors to dump the likes of China Mobile at bargain prices.

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